Elizabeth Halsey, manager of the Family  Resource Center

Elizabeth Halsey, manager of the Family Resource Center

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Elementary school education has come a long ways from the days of the one room school.  The technology alone is mind-blowing.  The resources available to students and their parents have greatly improved, too.  The Family Resource Center of the Eudora School District demonstrates that perfectly.  It provides many valuable services to families with children of all ages.

Elizabeth Halsey became manager of the center located in Eudora Elementary one year ago.  While the list of Halsey’s responsibilities is long, some of her main duties are maintaining the Family Resource Center lending library, putting on educational events, and connecting parents and students with the resources they need for successful learning.  One of her goals is to get parents involved in their children’s education because research shows that there is a strong link between parent engagement and student success, as well as a reduction in risky behavior.

“All parents love their children and want to help them, but they don’t always know what’s best.  We’re here to assist them,” explained Halsey.

Within the center there are books on parenting, discipline and even handling finances.  Resources for grandparents who for one reason or another are parenting their grandchildren are available.  Students, too, can find help for challenges they’re dealing with, such as emotions, puberty or a death in the family.  If families need additional resources, Halsey can refer them to community and county services.

The center can even help families with physical needs such as clothing, toiletries and school supplies.  Halsey works with churches and other organizations to collect school supplies for students.  So far this year the center has provided supplies for 50 students.

Parents of students with all kinds of special needs can find help at the Family Resource Center.

“While I don’t work directly with kids with special needs, I help bridge the gap and engage the parents in their children’s learning,” said Halsey.

The center is sponsoring a special event on Tuesday, November 5th called ADD/ADHD in Children & Adolescents.  The presenter is Dr. Rory Murphy, a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.  The seminar is designed for parents, caregivers, social workers, counselors and teachers within the district.ADD Seminar

Halsey said that much of the traffic in the center has to do with ADD/ADHD issues so she believes the free seminar is going to be very valuable. She planned the event to take place right after conferences because they provide the first formal time for parents to learn how their children are doing.  If parents have a concern that their child’s hyperactivity, inattention or disorganization might have something to do with ADD/ADHD, or if their child has already been diagnosed, the seminar will provide them with helpful information about treatment options and where to get support.

For more information about the ADD/ADHD seminar or other resources offered through the Family Resource Center, please contact Elizabeth Halsey at 785-542-4903 or elizabethhalsey@eudoraschools.org.  To view the Center’s flyer about the seminar you can click the following link: Family Resource Center ADHD Seminar Flyer

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